Honda Accord Facelift Overview & Test Drive

Honda Accord Overview

The Accord has been a Honda staple for more than three decades. Launched in 1976 and arriving in the UK a year later, it is now in its eighth generation and, although its star is fading somewhat in the UK, it remains as much a stalwart of the Honda line-up as the The outgoing car may have been five years old when it was replaced in 2008, but even by modern standards that’s a short model cycle, and the car has aged so well that not even the market has shown any sign of losing patience with it. Indeed, 2007 was one of its best sales years ever.

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The outgoing car may have been five years old when it was replaced in 2008, but even by modern standards that’s a short model cycle, and the car has aged so well that not even the market has shown any sign of losing patience with it. Indeed, 2007 was one of its best sales years ever.But replaced it was – not with the subtly facelifted model that its maker could so easily have got away with but, with typical Honda thoroughness, an entirely new car ;

As seems the way of all flesh these days, it’s bigger in almost every significant dimension (although the old car was an inconsequential 5mm taller). It’s heavier, too, although model for model the weight gain has been restricted to a few dozen kilos. Apply car loan for Honda Accord.

Honda Accord Design & Look

A new thick chrome slat grille comes on the Honda Accord Hybrid. The LED headlamps have DRLs as well. The new fascia makes the Honda Accord Hybrid look bigger and more premium. It has a strong road presence too. The side profile is not very different from the earlier car. The rear looks quite similar to the the BMW 5 Series. The new Accord is very much European is design and also a lot more appealing. It wears the Hybrid badging on the side and the rear.

Honda Accord Cabin & Comfort

Move inside the luxury sedan and there are features and technologies that one would expect on a luxury vehicle. Buttons surrounded on the steering wheel for audio and cruise controls make sure the driver has a completely undistracted experience. The combination of the beige and dark grey theme with faux wood inserts enhance the elegant appeal. You also get two screens, one for the lane departure warning, which is Honda’s exclusive patent and an AVN or Audio, Video & Navigation unit that pairs with a smartphone.

The Honda Accord Hybrid also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality that mirrors the smartphone’s screen on the infotainment. All this technology with the upmarket tactile feel is something the Accord Hybrid excels at. In order to cool the cabin beforehand if the Accord Hybrid is parked in the sun, Honda have provisioned a remote start function. Once in the car, all you need to do is press the brake pedal and press the start/stop button

Add to this the wide seats in both rows with adequate bolstering for a six feet plus person and impressive underthigh support, you have the perfect blend of what a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles should be. The rear seats, despite being adjusted for my height (for reference I am six feet two inches tall), had acres of legroom, knee room and headroom. Underthigh support and recline, like the front seats, is brilliant. Check for Honda Accord in cidoc2015

A noteworthy mention is the electrically adjustable co driver’s seat that has switches on one side to adjust the seat by the passenger sitting behind it. So, more room for the person who is being chauffer driven through the day

Honda Accord Engine & Gearbox

Just about good enough’ sums up the new Accord’s performance when equipped with the staple 2.2-litre diesel engine. The engine produces 148bhp – up 10bhp from the old Accord – yet retains its commendably smooth running. And although overall weight has risen, it’s not by enough to blow a big hole in what was already fairly leisurely acceleration. Honda’s own numbers suggest a 0-62mph time of 9.5sec, a time we matched to 60mph in testing.

Of more importance is the quietness of the engine at a steady cruise and the fact that it has the nicest transmission in the class, even taking the German quality brands into account. Six speeds are standard and the change quality is light yet deliciously precise. Refinement levels are exceptional for this class of car, with wind, road and engine noise kept to a bare minimum.

In the ranks of modern diesels, the more powerful 177bhp version of the 2.2-litre four-pot is much more commendable. Its 280lb ft torque maximum is on offer between 2000 and 2750rpm, although there is a decent spread of grunt throughout the rev range. The well-judged gear ratios, combined with that fantastic shift quality, ensure swift progress can always be maintained, not something that can always be said about the lower-powered model. Ask the diesel flagship for all it’s got and it will carry you to 62mph in 8.8sec and to a top speed of 136mph.

In the ranks of modern diesels, the more powerful 177bhp version of the 2.2-litre four-pot is much more commendable, with a good spread of torque.

The base 154bhp 2.0-litre petrol Accord feels surprisingly sluggish. The effortless mid-range urge of modern turbodiesels that we’re used to means that a revvy petrol engine like this one feels overwhelmed when asked to lug a large family car. Performance has to be extracted from the Accord by revving it surprisingly hard, and even shallow motorway gradients are enough to defeat this car’s tall sixth gear

The range-topping Accord – the model that middle-managers countrywide should surely aspire to own if the outfit’s premium-brand ambitions are to be taken seriously – has a noisy 198bhp 2.4-litre four-pot, which drives the front wheels through a five-speed automatic gearbox that is often slow to kick down and guilty of transmission slip. The Power of Dreams? This is anything but

Honda Accord Braking & Safety

The Honda Accord Hybrid has safety features loaded to the hilt with airbags all around, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill start assist and lots more. An unexpected situation while driving asked for hard braking and the sedan was composed throughout. A noteworthy mention goes to Honda’s exclusive Lane Departure Warning system. A camera mounted on the left ORVM turns on with the video feed coming on the screen in the centre console. In this case, the driver knows what is in the blindspot and does not have to move his/her head away from the road to see the left ORVM. Personally, I would have loved is this feature was also available for the right side as well

Honda Accord Driving Dynamics

Test drove the new, refreshed Accord from Delhi to Agra and were reminded of the familiar engine characteristics and ride quality that the 8{+t}{+h} generation Accord is known for. The 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine generates a peak power of 180 PS and is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission, with steering-mounted paddle shifters for optional manual inputs.

The other, more advanced and powerful engine option is the 3.5-litre V6 engine that generates a strong 275 PS of peak power when all six cylinders are operating – a fact that needs mention because this engine is endowed with VCM. The system switches between six, four and three cylinder combustion depending on the driving conditions and driver demands. VCM ensures smooth transitions and power delivery, while simultaneously making sure that fuel economy is optimised

Honda Accord Price

Honda Accord On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 50,61,187 to 50,61,187 for variants Accord Hybrid and Accord Hybrid respectively. Honda Accord is available in 1 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Honda Accord variants price in Pune. Check for Accord price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Honda Accord Final Word

The Accord takes the fight to established rivals such as the Toyota Camry, which has been unrivalled in this segment this far. The Camry’s rear seat may be more spacious but besides that, the Accord trumps the Camry on every single department. It comes better equipped, offers the best-in-class Hybrid system with performance and fuel efficiency to match. All this comes in a much more modern package making the Honda Accord a no-brainer in this small yet important segment.

Honda WR V Hatchback Overview

Honda WR V Overview

With cross-hatches, car makers have kept the formula simple – take their existing hatches, inject some testosterone with thick slide cladding, roof rails, larger wheels and voila! We have an all-new model. The i20 Active, the Etios Cross and the Cross Polo, all seem to toe this line of thought (except the Fiat Urban Cross – but it hardly sells!).With the new WR-V, Honda has made an honest effort to create a Jazz-based crossover that stands out from its donor car. Not just in terms of its SUV-inspired looks, which gives it a different persona, especially when viewed from the front and rear. But also in the way it has gone about tweaking the suspension, raising ground clearance and adding a few more features to differentiate it from the Jazz. For information on contact details of.  Honda car dealers in Mumbai

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Honda WR V Design & Look

Unlike some other Cross hatchbacks of its segment, the Honda WR-V gets some significant updates which has helped it get an entirely new identity. Towards the front, the WR-V features a raised bonnet while the thick chrome grille somehow reminds us of the new City. Besides the revised hood and grille the headlamp cluster too has been redesigned as well and also gets integrated LED daytime running lamps. To make the Crossover slightly beefier the WRV also features a sculpted bumper which also houses round shaped fog lamps. There are also silver finished scuff plates. Just like the front profiles the side profile too features larger 16-inch wheels wrapped with 195/60 profile tyres.Just like the front and side profile the rear profile too has been heavily modified as well as it gets different appearing L-shaped taillamps. The rear bumper too has been amended as well along with new bumpers and slightly modified tailgate.

Honda WR V Cabin & Space

There are less significant changes in Honda WR-V in terms of interiors, over the Jazz that it is based on. Interior is themed in black plastic and black fabric with a few dashes of grey and silver in the corners and trims.Seats are well bolstered around the thighs and back and feel much more supportive for long drives this car is aiming to be used for. There is a central armrest for front row passengers with an openable cubby space, which can easily house a phone and sunglasses.

Rear seats however are a surprise. They are flat and fixed and also have integrated headrests, which aren’t helpful for people who are about 6 feet tall. Rear seats are less supportive but cushioning is pretty soft. Leg room perhaps is the ultimate selling point for WR-V. With a standard driving position in the front seat, there’s space at the rear to stretch your legs or even accommodate a camping bag between the knees and front seat base.

The infotainment system is a new upgraded Digipad recently seen in the all new Honda City. The infotainment system operates on new gen Navigation software, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The touch screen has noticeable lag and it takes patience to get used to it on the move. Honda’s party trick in the WR-V is the installation of a one touch sunroof in the top end trim to add to overall opulence of the otherwise dark cabin.The top end diesel variant gets cruise control to adds to the convenience of long highway expeditions. 363 litres of boot space without the rear seats folded down is sufficient to carry large suitcases and an ice box for the weekend.

Honda WR V Engine & Transmission

As expected, the WR-V gets the same engines as the Jazz. That means a SOHC 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol that produces 90PS at 6,000rpm and 110Nm at 4,800rpm as well as a DOHC 1.5-litre I-DTEC turbo-diesel that puts out 100PS at 3,600rpm and 200Nm at 1,750rpm. The diesel gets a 6-speed manual and the petrol gets a 5-speed manual – however, there is no CVT option like in the Jazz.The diesel engine has got good low-end grunt and with a responsive throttle, it will happily trudge along at 25kmph in third gear. The engine is quite free-revving and the linear power delivery makes the car quite enjoyable, if not exciting, to drive around. The gearbox is typically Honda with a precise ‘click-click’ when you shift gears, while the light and progressive clutch is nice to use in stop-and-go traffic.

Additionally, the 6-speed makes the WR-V a comfortable and effortless highway cruiser. While Honda didn’t give us any figures, they are claiming best-in-class acceleration figures. They are also claiming that the WR-V diesel will offer segment-leading efficiency with a figure of 25.5kmpl. This is 1.8kmpl less than what they claim for the Jazz. Apart from the extra 50kg that the WR-V carries, this could also be down to the gearing which, Honda says, has been optimised for better acceleration. But we’ll have to wait for the road test to get real-world figures.What is obvious is that the engine is still as loud as it has always been. NVH levels are quite poor in the cabin and that’s personally quite off-putting.

On the contrary, the 1.2-litre petrol engine is super refined and creamy. It’s very quiet till around 4,000rpm at which point the sound turns to a nice raspy note which gets louder as you get to the redline. That said, the sound is the only exciting thing about it. The engine feels annoyingly underpowered and you really have to rev the nuts off of it for some decent acceleration and that can get quite annoying especially during overtakes. This, despite Honda saying that they reworked the gearing for better acceleration. That said, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem within the city. The precise gearbox and the light clutch only make the experience that much nicer in slow-moving traffic. Honda is claiming that the petrol WR-V will return an overall average of 17.5kmpl which is quite respectable.

Honda WR V Driving Dynamics

The WR-V rides on a slightly higher suspension compared to the Jazz, but this has not had any adverse effect on its handling which inspires confidence at high speeds. Body roll too is fairly contained. With its larger 16-inch wheels that ride on 195/60 profile tyres, the WR-V absorbs bumps pretty decently – certainly better than the Jazz and will handle any pothole-riddled urban street rather well.The electric power steering is from the Jazz and has been re-calibrated for the WR-V. It offers more assistance at lower speeds and can be twirled with ease. The steering is precise and offers good feedback, which makes it enjoyable at higher speeds.

Honda WR V Safety Features

All variants of the Honda WR-V get dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard. It also gets a rear camera with multiple viewing angles, but like the City and Jazz, you don’t get rear parking sensors.

Honda WR V Price

Honda Wrv Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,77,365/- (WRV S MT Petrol) to 9,99,900/- (WRV VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Wrv from Honda Dealers in Chennai . Check for WR V price in Chennai

Honda WR V Verdict

The Honda WR-V is the first sub-4 meter Crossover from Honda which will help the Japanese Auto manufacturer to boost some sales because their other Crossover the BR-V definitely neither did not impress the Indian crowd much after its launch. The Cross hatchback looks loaded with features and although this is the beefier variant of the Jazz hatchback it gets slightly more interior space than the standard hatchback. Apply Car Loan for Honda WRV